To think printers are obsolete? And to be IRRITATED!

(43 Posts)
VioletBam Wed 10-Aug-16 04:30:06

I've just tried to fill in an "Interactive Form" sent to me by a school I want one of the DC to attend next year.

We're not in the UK.

The form is PDF which can't be filled in and saved...there's no submit button and I don't have a printer! On the form, there's no way to save as....so I can't fill it in, save it as a document or image...and then send it...I'd have to print and scan it.

I never use a printer! I don't own or generally need a printer!

WHY are things still done this way? It seems so old fashioned to print things out and then scan them back.

Like a bloody fax or something!

RebootYourEngine Wed 10-Aug-16 04:55:22

I use my printer quite a lot. Dont know how i would get on without it.

Could you fill it in and then post it rather than scan it?

SpuriouserAndSpuriouser Wed 10-Aug-16 05:03:43

I know exactly what you mean, I don't own a (functioning) printer and things like this make my heart sink. I always print them at work blush but it seems like a waste of paper when it could be so easily done on a computer.

veryproudvolleyballmum Wed 10-Aug-16 05:07:02

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Anonymouses Wed 10-Aug-16 05:09:23

You should be able to grab a pdf editor to allow you to edit then save and attach to an email.

veryproudvolleyballmum Wed 10-Aug-16 05:14:36

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veryproudvolleyballmum Wed 10-Aug-16 05:15:35

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mathanxiety Wed 10-Aug-16 05:23:17

I know I have done something like Anonymouses' suggestion in the past. I can't remember exactly how.

Sorry, not very helpful....

pearlylum Wed 10-Aug-16 05:48:53

I use my printer a great deal- maybe 100 A4 pages a day.

Ifailed Wed 10-Aug-16 05:58:15

you can open PDF documents and edit them in Word

Silvercatowner Wed 10-Aug-16 06:30:42

you can open PDF documents and edit them in Word if it is simple text then yes. Word doesn't cope well with boxes and images.

Ifailed Wed 10-Aug-16 06:34:56

^, agree, but it's worth a try?

OnionKnight Wed 10-Aug-16 06:48:55

I work for a massive local authority and I can't remember the last time that I printed something off.

After our last home printer died we didn't bother to replace it.

SpaceKablooie Wed 10-Aug-16 06:51:50

We have a printer, and use it infrequently for important things. It takes up a lot of space per use though.

Enkopkaffetak Wed 10-Aug-16 06:53:51

Print of daily at work. not a lot at home. However dh has just bought a new printer as he feels he needs it for his work stuff

NicknameUsed Wed 10-Aug-16 06:56:38

Wait until you have teenagers, then you will use the printer a lot.

I lost count of the number of practice GCSE papers that I printed off for DD this year. She found that it was much easier to do them from a hard copy than using a screen. Also, I could remove any "help" out of her reach.

NeedMoreSleepOrSugar Wed 10-Aug-16 06:59:19

As pp have said there are pdf editors you can download- I've used xodo and officesuite+ in the past for example. Just Google "free pdf editor". Or ask the school to email you an editible version?

bakeoffcake Wed 10-Aug-16 07:04:02

Could you copy the document and save onto a word document?

DrDreReturns Wed 10-Aug-16 07:06:09

I hate printers - they always seem to go wrong or need a cartridge replacing. I will always do things digitally if possible and organisations should make it as easy as possible for people to do this.
I very rarely print anything at work.

2016Blyton Wed 10-Aug-16 07:07:05

I often print 500 pages a day. It just depends what work you do actually.

Court forms are exactly as you describe and it's really really irritating. You have to fill out print scan and send to a client (but as people say above there are product available - I don't do it enough to bother to have looked for one)

My printer certainly takes up a lot of space but I am printing just about evey 20 minutes all day long. Upstairs the teenagers hvae one too which is laser colour (mine is just laser black and white) and they do use it to print out homeworks etc. every few days and it's useful for me to know there is a second back up one in the house.

KP86 Wed 10-Aug-16 07:09:14

Not RTFT yet, but if you print it as a PDF (download a free PDF printer if you're not on a Windows OS that has it includes) it will be a PDF and able to be emailed as is. Doesn't help if you are required to sign the form but useful otherwise.

cexuwaleozbu Wed 10-Aug-16 07:12:49

I've had to do this in the past. If your IT skills are up to it:

Use screen grabs from the empty PDF form to get a picture file version of each page of the form. (You can zoom in and stitch together multiple screengrabs to get a decent resolution, or you can get a high resolution grab in a single screen grab if you can fool your pc into thinking the screen is massive)

Create a ms word doc, and import the image of each page, one per page obviously. For each image set the image size to 297mm x 210mm, the position to be 0mm from top and 0mm from left, set wrap text to "behind text" and ensure that "move with text" is unticked.

You can now use ms word to complete the form - obviously there's a bit of a faff to get the cursor in the right place (you can use tables with borders set to invisible if that helps.

When ready you can save it as a PDF.

VioletBam Wed 10-Aug-16 07:27:11

Thanks for the advice all. I ended up downloading something called Cute something or other which is a virtual printer!

I pressed "Print" and that let me save the whole thing as a doc!

Bloody genius!

Andrewofgg Wed 10-Aug-16 08:14:37

My work and one of my home activities require careful proofreading which I cannot and will not do on a screen. I want paper which I can mark up and I am far less likely to miss things that way.

VioletBam Wed 10-Aug-16 10:50:28

Andrew I hope you don't think I'm rude but are you over 50?

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